Our research spans the broad areas of media and communication, literary and cultural studies, and the creative, digital and performing arts. This includes expertise in journalism studies, media futures, literary studies and creative writing, gender and sexuality studies, public art practice, performing and visual arts, and animation and digital technologies.

Leader in research

The School of Communication and Creative Arts (SCCA) is a leader in socially-engaged and impactful research. In 2018 we received the highest possible rankings in the Australian Research Council’s Engagement and Impact Assessment, the best result of any Australian university in FoR codes 19 (Studies in Creative Arts and Writing) and 20 (Language, Communication and Culture).

Our researchers produce high-quality research outcomes across a traditional and non-traditional research spectrum, and our staff include award-winning and internationally renowned artists, writers and performers, and leading scholars publishing with prestigious international presses.

We partner with multiple stakeholders from government, industry and the not-for-profit sector. Find out more about our partners.

SCCA is home to the industry-facing Deakin Motion Lab (DML), specialising in cross-discipline motion studies, with particular expertise in AR and VR technologies.

Our disciplines

Research in the School of Communication and Creative Arts is organised across our four discipline groups.

Art and design


Film, animation and performing arts

Writing, literature and culture

Our research centre and groups

SCCA researchers are active across the Faculty of Arts and Education's research ecology and lead the following research centre and groups:

Deakin Motion Lab

This centre is an interdisciplinary research and knowledge community focused on digital screen experiences. Co-convened by Professor Stefan Greuter and Associate Professor Victoria Duckett.

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Critical Digital Infrastructures and Interfaces

This group is concerned with understanding the digital infrastructures that connect societies in order to develop critiques of these connections. Co-convened by Associate Professor Toija Cinque and Dr Luke Heemsbergen.

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Advancing Rural, Regional Culture and Society

This group brings together multidisciplinary work concerned with the future sustainability and resilience of regional environments and communities in the face of overarching social, environmental, educational and economic challenges. Co-convened by Professor Kristy Hess, Professor Emily Potter and Dr Gabi Mocatta.

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Asian Media, Culture and Society Research

This group draws on scholars from across the arts, social science, and humanities disciplines, who work in both national and transnational Asian contexts. Co-convened by Professor Sean Redmond and Dr Jian Xu.

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Public Exchange Bureau

This school group seeks to investigate how pan-disciplinary creative research can build new and important connections with community and industry stakeholders with a specific focus on resilience, wellbeing, aesthetic innovation and diversity. Co-convened by Professor David Cross and Dr Katie Lee.

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Reading Writing Futures

This school group investigates the role that practices of writing and reading have played in developing social and cultural transformation and how we can build on these to imagine possible futures. Co-convened by Professor Ann Vickery and Dr Andrew Dean.

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Research partners

We partner with a wide range of local, regional, national and international organisations as part of our research activities, including:

  • Australia Council for the Arts
  • Australian Broadcasting Corporation
  • Australian Research Council
  • Australian Unity
  • City of Greater Bendigo
  • City of Greater Geelong
  • City of Kingston
  • City of Melbourne
  • City of Monash
  • Co.As.It (Italian Assistance Association)
  • Copyright Agency
  • Country Press Association
  • Creative Victoria
  • Darebin Council
  • Dementia Australia (Alzheimer's Australia) Vic Inc
  • Design Institute of Australia
  • Dreamscreen
  • Edward Wilson Estate
  • Geelong Arts Centre
  • Hydac Industries Pty Ltd
  • International Council of Design
  • Kane Constructions Pty Ltd
  • La Cineteca Nazionale, Italy
  • LateNite Films Pty Ltd
  • Lightweave Pty Ltd
  • Malthouse Theatre
  • Melbourne Royal Botanic Gardens
  • Melbourne Water
  • Melbourne Women’s Film Festival
  • Mildura Rural City Council
  • National Wool Museum
  • NGV
  • Ozpix Entertainment
  • Reconciliation Victoria
  • Romance Writers of America
  • Taiwan Foundation for Democracy
  • Telematics Trust
  • The Walkley Foundation Limited
  • Victorian Government
  • Wagga Wagga City Council
  • Whitehorse Council
  • Wyndham City Council

Contact us

Get in touch if you have any questions regarding research in the School of Communication and Creative Arts.

General research enquiries
Professor Emily Potter, Associate Head of School (Research)

Email Professor Potter

Higher degree by research enquiries
Associate Professor Kristin Demetrious, HDR Coordinator 

Email Associate Professor Demetrious